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Joining two bottom plates question?

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Hello. Let's say you have two 16' bottom plates that you are going to butt together to make a 32' long wall, at the butt joint does one just place a stud over the butt and toe nail the two halves together?


Are there other techniques?


Thanks

(post #106433, reply #1 of 9)

The '03 IRC doesn't mandate that your butt joints are at studs. I don't have a problem with letting your joints fall where they do, you may have some problems when raising the wall but they're relatively minor.

 


Jon Blakemore

RappahannockINC.com

Fredericksburg, VA

 

Jon Blakemore

RappahannockINC.com

Fredericksburg, VA

(post #106433, reply #2 of 9)

Thanks for your help Jon.

(post #106433, reply #3 of 9)

Put the butt joint between studs and splice them together with a 14 1/2" piece, like a double plate just at that spot.



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(post #106433, reply #8 of 9)

Thanks Ted I appriciate your help.

(post #106433, reply #4 of 9)

On long walls we end the plate with a stud on both plates and nail the studs together when stood.

(post #106433, reply #5 of 9)

Bingo.


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(post #106433, reply #6 of 9)

Your method adds more material to the job (with very little benefit) and more thermal bridging.

If you're concerned, why not just put a scab over the splice like Ted mentioned?

 


Jon Blakemore

RappahannockINC.com

Fredericksburg, VA

 

Jon Blakemore

RappahannockINC.com

Fredericksburg, VA

(post #106433, reply #7 of 9)

First, it may add more thermal bridging but a wall totaly built can be heavy and quite unwieldy, this allows the wall to be built without an added safety problem.  As far as materiels are concerned, maybw 4 studs on a house?  In the building of a house, that is not much.

(post #106433, reply #9 of 9)

Thanks again frammer52 for your help.